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   [th]RESTAURANT NAME[/th]
   [th]Rating[/th]
   [th]Description[/th]
   [th]Area - Address [/th]
   [th]Supervision[/th]
Tierra Sur At Herzog Winery in Oxnard 5/5 stars-The menu here is constantly changing but is always amazing.  The flavors you will try here are unlike any you will get at another kosher restaurant in the world.
Oxnard -

   
La Gondola4.5/5 stars
-Avocado eggrolls to die for (I had it and I didn't like it
 I can't eat Avocado when it's warm, I'm sure others can't too-Sillypainter).  Great Bread with garlic margarine on the house(agree-Sillypainter) Great Gondola Burger special for lunch with excellent pasta or a soup.  And the Chai Steak with Carmelized Steak Sauce and arguably the best kosher ribs out there.   I'm getting hungry thinking about this place!
Pico

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Shiloh's4/5 stars
-Great baby back ribs and peppercorn steak.  They serve steaks with a number of dipping sauces which is pretty cool.  Also had some delicious key lime pie.
I did have a bad experience here with really bad food though...and service can be poor here as well.
Beverly Hills Thai4/5 stars-It can get very crowded so it's best to make a reservation in advance.
Jeff's 3.5/5 stars-Homemade onion rings, homemade sausages, Steak Sandwich, Western burger, lots of good and greasy stuff here.
PKD (Pico Kosher Deli)3.5/5 stars
-Excellent Deli-style food along with equally good homemade onion rings. No Reservations, but rarely more than a few minute wait. closes at 9 PM.
Pat's3/5 stars
-Either you love this upscale steakhouse or you hate it.  I used to hate it until my brother became good friends with the bartender.  Now when I go back with him we're treated to a feast for a king! Don't miss the bread pudding dessert!
Shanghai2.5/5 stars
-LA hasn't had very good Chinese since Sholom Cuisine closed.  This place is decent though.
Harissa4/5 stars-Home of the LA-famous pretzle challah! They offer Middle Eastern/Mediterranean/North African cuisine.  They have lots of seating and long hours.


1. Tierra Sur At Herzog Winery in Oxnard
5/5 stars
-The menu here is constantly changing but is always amazing.  The flavors you will try here are unlike any you will get at another kosher restaurant in the world.

2. La Gondola
4.5/5 stars
-Avocado eggrolls to die for (I had it and I didn't like it
 I can't eat Avocado when it's warm, I'm sure others can't too-Sillypainter).  Great Bread with garlic margarine on the house(agree-Sillypainter) Great Gondola Burger special for lunch with excellent pasta or a soup.  And the Chai Steak with Carmelized Steak Sauce and arguably the best kosher ribs out there.   I'm getting hungry thinking about this place!

3. Shiloh's
4/5 stars
-Great baby back ribs and peppercorn steak.  They serve steaks with a number of dipping sauces which is pretty cool.  Also had some delicious key lime pie.
I did have a bad experience here with really bad food though...and service can be poor here as well.

4. Beverly Hills Thai
4/5 stars
-It can get very crowded so it's best to make a reservation in advance.

5. Jeff's
3.5/5 stars
-Homemade onion rings, homemade sausages, Steak Sandwich, Western burger, lots of good and greasy stuff here.

6. PKD (Pico Kosher Deli)
3.5/5 stars
-Excellent Deli-style food along with equally good homemade onion rings. No Reservations, but rarely more than a few minute wait. closes at 9 PM.

7. Pat's
3/5 stars
-Either you love this upscale steakhouse or you hate it.  I used to hate it until my brother became good friends with the bartender.  Now when I go back with him we're treated to a feast for a king! Don't miss the bread pudding dessert!

8. Shanghai
2.5/5 stars
-LA hasn't had very good Chinese since Sholom Cuisine closed.  This place is decent though.

9. Harissa
4/5 stars
-Home of the LA-famous pretzle challah! They offer Middle Eastern/Mediterranean/North African cuisine.  They have lots of seating and long hours.

Milk/Parve:

1. Fish Grill
4.5/5 stars
-The best fish you'll ever have, period.  I'm not such a fish person, but their Grilled Salmon on Angel Hair Pasta with a huge order of well-seasoned fries...YUM! Get the grilled salmon sandwich.

2. Milky Way Reopened, brand new place worth a visit
4/5 stars
-Steven Spielberg's adorable mom will come shmooze with you and show you his movie posters in the back.  Cheeze blintzes and lemon tart are awesome. Chimichangas, potato latkes, and more all at prices that haven't been raised in decades.

3. Pizza Nosh (Agoura Hills)
4/5 stars
-Excellent pizza and Eggplant Parmesean, worth a stop if you're in the area.

4. Pizza Mayven
4/5 stars
-Good plain pizza and excellent fries, and that's about it.

5. Nagila Pizza
3/5 stars
-Good but pricey stuffed crust pizza, and that's about it. There are some big fans of their Naco's out there as well.

6. Trattoria Natalie
4.5/5 stars
-A trattoria is translated from Italian as a tavern, and that's what this restaurant feels like.  They have a cool on-table feature: its a paging device with three bottons.  One botton calls for water, the other for the bill, the last for a waiter.  The food is very good and prices not too expensive.

7. Meshuga for Sushi/Meshuga for Sushi 2
4/5
-With 3 locations (one in La Brea, one in Pico, and one in the valley), they offer great sushi at reasonable prices.  They have some space to eat in the restaurant.  They have long hours and a decent lunch menu.


IF you eat non-CY:
-Sweet Rose Creamery, on Beverly is Kosher and considered some of the best ice cream in LA by foodies http://www.sweetrosecreamery.com/, usually have 4 or 5 non dairy flavors
-Toppings Frozen Yogurt 349 S Robertson Blvd, good frozen yogurt, usually have a non dairy flavor or two


If you eat CY:
-Milky's at 1429 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035 recently became kosher and is cholov yisrael.

Breakfast/Bakery:
1. Cafe Elite
4.5/5 stars
-Amazing cake/crumb donuts along with your usual breakfast food.

2. Schwartz Bakery/Circa NY
4/5 stars
-A great but expensive bakery.  The crumb cheese danish is a personal favorite, as is their wonderful Caramel cake and "kit kat" chocolate rice crispy bars.
They also now serve breakfast in their Pico and Fairfax location.  I had the combo Pancake+Waffle+Franch Toast meal with fruit salad that was very good.
On friday's only they sell raspberry cheese pockets - they always sell out of them early.

3. La Brea Bagel
3/5 stars
-Very good bagels with all kinds of toppings and other breakfast food.

4. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf - 7235 Beverly Blvd
4/5 stars
-The only coffee bean in LA that has Cholov Yisroel upon request and offers 3 Pas Yisroel bakery items from Delice; Chocolate Almond croissant, Custard twist, and chocolate croissant - also upon request.


SHABBOS TAKE OUT OPTIONS

1. Ralph's - both the Pico and La Brea locations have a kosher section with takeout
2. PKD: http://www.pkdla.com/soon.htm
3. Western Kosher on Pico: http://www.orderstart.com/westernkosher
4. Lieders La Brea: 129 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
5. Lieders Takeout, 8721 W. Pico Blvd, supposed to be excellent, check FB page for hours, (Shabbos Food LA: http://www.shabbosfoodla.com/)
6. Ariel's glatt has a nice selection - NE corner of La Brea and Beverly
7. Got Kosher has very ethnic style shabbat take out- lots of Moroccan food.
8. Elite Cuisine on La Brea/Detroit and Beverly has some nice options and the staff is really nice.


ATTRACTIONS

Attractions for the first time visitor (in no particular order):

1. Santa Monica (Pier, 3rd St. Promenade)
2. Hiking (Santa Monica Mountains, Hollywood Hills)(list of hikes sortable by distance)
3. Theme parks (Universal, Disneyland, Knotts, Six Flags Magic Mountain)
4. Beaches (Venice and Santa Monica are the most popular; Hermosa and Manhattan are the prettiest, Marina del Rey is the emptiest as it's in a residential area)
5. City Sites (The Grove, Hollywood & Highland Blvd, Rodeo Dr/Beverly Hills, Beverly Center)
6. Segway tours with www.segwow.com (tours are available in various locations)
7. TV Show Filmings (get free tickets to local TV shows being filmed) www.tvtix.com
8. Getty Center and Getty Villa.
9. Warner Bros Studio Tour
10. Mulholland Drive in Burbank (view of LA and the Hollywood sign)
11. Marina Del Ray Sportfishing or Whale watching (sometimes on groupon)
12. Griffith Observatory- Driveable Scenic View
13. LA Zoo

Attractions for the experienced visitor:

1. Santa Barbara, 2 hours north (40 min from Tierra Sur)
2. San Diego/ Coronado, 2 hours south
3. Big Bear/ Lake Arrowhead, 2 hours east
4. Hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains.
5. Secret Stairs by Charles Fleming- check out the book
6. Hollywood Bowl
7. Descanso Gardens and Huntington Library and Gardens
8. Calico ghost town, 2 hours east
9. OC County fair (July 12-Aug 11 2013)
10. Adamson House in Malibu
11. Griffith Park - Merry-go-round, Pony Rides, & wagon rides for kids, Horseback Riding for older children.
12. The Queen Mary. Out of commission passenger and WWII ship. Is currently a museum, and a hotel. You can explore the ship or stroll along the empty decks at midnight (closed to tours at night, but open to hotel guests) with a great view of the Long Beach Harbor. 45 minutes south of L.A.

This is a general list.  I can go into specifics if you're interested. HT: Yehoshua

Hotels within walking distance of shuls (under 2 mi.)

Pico
1. Mr. C (closest YOLA)
2. SLS
3. Residence Inn by Marriott (closest to Adas Torah or YICC)
4. Beverly Hills Marriott (closest to Adas Torah or YICC)
5. Best Western Plus Carlyle Inn (closest to Torat Chaim or Anshe Emes)
6. Intercontinental Century City (closest to YOLA)

Hancock Park
116northfuller.com
116northfuller.com - in the heart of Hancock Park / La Brea area. 5 minute walk to many shuls. 4 bedroom house with full kosher kitchen, hot plate, everything you need for shabbos.

Other areas
1. Andaz West Hollywood
2. W Westwood
3. Four Seasons, Beverly Hills
4. L'Ermitage


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HT: Dan

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Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
« Reply #10470 on: December 03, 2019, 01:58:30 PM »
Anyone go on a whale watching tour they can recommend? There are so many groupons out there- not sure which is the best option.

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« Reply #10471 on: December 03, 2019, 03:58:19 PM »
Anyone stayed recently at the Andez? How is the rooms & service?

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Anyone stayed recently at the Andez? How is the rooms & service?
Rooms are great, service is as you'd expect. Clientele can be a bit rowdy at times. I think by far the best bang for the buck in LA.
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Rooms are great, service is as you'd expect. Clientele can be a bit rowdy at times. I think by far the best bang for the buck in LA.
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« Reply #10474 on: December 04, 2019, 10:20:43 AM »
Ate at 2 LA restaurants for the first time on my most recent trip--

La Gandola - 2.5*. Don't know what's supposed to be so great about this place. Aside from the bacon, everything was average, prices are insanely high, and service is terrible. It was busy, crowded, and had zero ambiance.

Mamilla - 4.5*. Excellent service, best cocktails I've ever ordered at a restaurant (I got the fire cocktail, my wife the jalapeño one), great food, reasonable prices, and one of the better desserts I've had at a flieshig place (krembo). Ambiance also amazing (granted it was mostly empty tlbut the decor was very nice).

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« Reply #10475 on: December 04, 2019, 12:27:24 PM »
Ate at 2 LA restaurants for the first time on my most recent trip--

La Gandola - 2.5*. Don't know what's supposed to be so great about this place. Aside from the bacon, everything was average, prices are insanely high, and service is terrible. It was busy, crowded, and had zero ambiance.

Mamilla - 4.5*. Excellent service, best cocktails I've ever ordered at a restaurant (I got the fire cocktail, my wife the jalapeño one), great food, reasonable prices, and one of the better desserts I've had at a flieshig place (krembo). Ambiance also amazing (granted it was mostly empty tlbut the decor was very nice).
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« Reply #10476 on: December 04, 2019, 01:54:25 PM »
Ate at 2 LA restaurants for the first time on my most recent trip--

La Gandola - 2.5*. Don't know what's supposed to be so great about this place. Aside from the bacon, everything was average, prices are insanely high, and service is terrible. It was busy, crowded, and had zero ambiance.

Mamilla - 4.5*. Excellent service, best cocktails I've ever ordered at a restaurant (I got the fire cocktail, my wife the jalapeño one), great food, reasonable prices, and one of the better desserts I've had at a flieshig place (krembo). Ambiance also amazing (granted it was mostly empty tlbut the decor was very nice).
wow. this is the exact opposite of my experiences, which are many at both of these. Mamilla across the board is more expensive than La Gondola, and their service is usually better. which is why it's busy and crowded. did you have the cocktails at la gondola? maybe Mamilla has improved since opening.

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« Reply #10477 on: December 04, 2019, 01:56:29 PM »
wow. this is the exact opposite of my experiences, which are many at both of these. Mamilla across the board is more expensive than La Gondola, and their service is usually better. which is why it's busy and crowded. did you have the cocktails at la gondola? maybe Mamilla has improved since opening.
Mamaila was cheaper except for cocktails.

La gandola service was horrendous - water kept going missing, entrée came out before one of my apps etc. The place was loud and just felt like eating in a cafeteria - no music or lighting or anything else to make it feel classy . I got the ribs at la gandola. They were fine but just drenched in a bbq sauce thst tastes like it comes from a bottle. The Asian spring rolls had no duck flavor, just tasted like dry chicken. There also weren't any vegetables inside, which you'd assume would be in a "spring" roll. I also got shishito peppers that were inedibly spicy. I get that dish as wolf and lamb in NY - the peppers aren't that hot, which means they used a spicy sauce without warning.

It's possible I just got them on an off night.
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« Reply #10478 on: December 04, 2019, 03:21:35 PM »
Mamaila was cheaper except for cocktails.

La gandola service was horrendous - water kept going missing, entrée came out before one of my apps etc. The place was loud and just felt like eating in a cafeteria - no music or lighting or anything else to make it feel classy . I got the ribs at la gandola. They were fine but just drenched in a bbq sauce thst tastes like it comes from a bottle. The Asian spring rolls had no duck flavor, just tasted like dry chicken. There also weren't any vegetables inside, which you'd assume would be in a "spring" roll. I also got shishito peppers that were inedibly spicy. I get that dish as wolf and lamb in NY - the peppers aren't that hot, which means they used a spicy sauce without warning.

It's possible I just got them on an off night.

I have a degree of familiarity that I enjoy, but the ambiance, when its crowded, can be lacking. Mamilla had nice ambiance, and its empty, generally speaking. The food at La Gondola was always better and more plentiful though, although I haven't had the ribs in years. Mamilla I felt like going out for dinner after I was done.
where are you off to tonight?

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« Reply #10479 on: December 04, 2019, 03:37:29 PM »
I have a degree of familiarity that I enjoy, but the ambiance, when its crowded, can be lacking. Mamilla had nice ambiance, and its empty, generally speaking. The food at La Gondola was always better and more plentiful though, although I haven't had the ribs in years. Mamilla I felt like going out for dinner after I was done.
where are you off to tonight?
My apartment in NJ . The trip was ny quasi annual visit to the in laws. First time in a while I've had non-Yom Tov nights to eat out.

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« Reply #10480 on: December 04, 2019, 03:38:40 PM »
My apartment in NJ . The trip was ny quasi annual visit to the in laws. First time in a while I've had non-Yom Tov nights to eat out.

in that case i won't engage in the minhag LA to apologize for the rain

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« Reply #10481 on: December 04, 2019, 03:40:39 PM »
in that case i won't engage in the minhag LA to apologize for the rain
Yeah it was an LA blizzard (low 40sband raining) when I landed on Thursday. But by shabbos it was nice and Monday was gorgeous for our hike in Hollywood.

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« Reply #10482 on: December 04, 2019, 03:47:22 PM »
Yeah it was an LA blizzard (low 40sband raining) when I landed on Thursday. But by shabbos it was nice and Monday was gorgeous for our hike in Hollywood.
... and now it's pouring again  :)
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« Reply #10483 on: December 07, 2019, 11:00:16 PM »
Can a Uber drop off at the terminal in lax or only in the lot?

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« Reply #10484 on: December 07, 2019, 11:03:12 PM »
Can a Uber drop off at the terminal in lax or only in the lot?
Ubers can drop off at the terminal. Only pick-ups are at the lot.
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